Encyclopedia Symptoms / / May 23, 2016
Alternative names: nervousness
W beats - a tingling or irritation of the skin in which the man often wants to scratch the affected area.Itching can occur throughout the body or in only one place (localized).
There are many causes of itching, including:
- aging of the skin;
- atopic dermatitis;
- contact dermatitis (poison ivy or poison oak);
- contact with irritants (eg, soap, chemicals and hair);
- dry skin;
- insect stings and other bites;
- parasites - such as pinworm, lice and pubic lice;
- pink pityriasis versicolor;
- rash (may be itchy);
- seborrheic dermatitis;
- superficial skin infections - such as folliculitis and impetigo.
most often itching can be caused by:
- allergic reactions;
- childhood infections (such as chicken pox or measles);
- other liver diseases;
- iron deficiency anemia;
- kidney disease;
- a reaction to the drugs and substances - such as antibiotics (penicillin, sulfonamides), gol
treatment of itching and home care
At constant orsevere itching recommend the patient to see a doctor for diagnosis and treatment instructions.
At the same time, the patient can take some steps to deal with the itch:
- Avoid scratching or rubbing itchy areas.To cut the nails short, so as not to damage the skin by scratching.Family members or friends can help by drawing attention to anything that may cause scratches;
- sleep on a cool, easy, free bed linen.Avoid wearing rough clothing, particularly wool, especially in the area of itching;
- just take a warm bath with a small amount of soap, which must then be thoroughly flushed.We recommend to try a skin soothing bath with oatmeal or corn starch;
- apply after swimming soothing lotion to soften and cool the skin;
- use a cream to the skin, especially in the dry winter months.Dry skin is a common cause of itching;
- apply cold compresses to itchy area;
- avoid prolonged exposure to high temperatures and humidity;
- take part in the colorful and interesting activities that distract from the itching during the day and quite faint, that the patient slept well at night;
- try antihistamine - such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl), but be aware of their possible side effects - such as drowsiness;
- try to use hydrocortisone cream on the itchy area.
patient should consult a doctor if he:
- there is itching and other unexplained symptoms;
- severe itching;
- itching for a long time does not pass;
- itching for unexplained reasons.
himself itching does not require medical examination.We must look for obvious causes of itching at home.Sometimes parents
easy to find the cause of itching in their child.If we carefully examine the skin, it will help determine the cause of itching - any bites, rashes, dryness or irritation of the skin.Often the causes of itching are pretty obvious - such as mosquito bites.
itching can check very quickly if it keeps coming back and has no obvious reason, if the patient's whole body itching or itching in some areas there again and again.Unexplained itching can be a symptom of serious diseases and.
doctor or nurse will examine the patient and may ask the following questions about medical history and symptoms:
- how long had this itch;
- all the time if there is itching;
- whether the patient feel that itch amplifies and spreads;
- how sick thinking that caused the itching;
- was there ever such a kind of itching before and, if so, what was the cause;
- for a long time whether the patient has come into contact with any irritating his substance;
- whether the patient allergies or special sensitivity to anything;
- what medicines the patient takes;
- if the patient started to use a new product in recent years, what is;
- whether he used any new soaps, fabric softeners, perfumes, deodorants, fabrics - such as wool or chemicals;
- whether he was with the animals;
- if he shellfish or nuts eaten recently;
- if he had insect bites in recent years;
- whether they use lotions on your skin;
- whether he was in the bright sun of late;
- what part of his body to itch itches;
- whether this itching itching all over the body (general);
- if itching is limited to a specific area - a square;
- looks like the skin that itches;
- Is there a rash;if so, whether there are on it bubbles or black dots;
- whether the patient is being treated for other diseases;
- which still have symptoms of the patient.